Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

English longbow used in modern-day attack

Sun online, from the UK, reports that a 46-year-old man was shot from behind with an arrow from a longbow in an apparently-unprovoked roadside attack.

"Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds:" Activity Ideas

Help! Our shire has 14 demos! Dame Aoife, Children's Officer and former librarian, offers suggestions for handling demos for libraries during this summer's "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds" reading club program.

Reality Series Looks at Monastic Life

The Monastery, a new series airing on the BBC, challenges modern men to live the lives of medieval monks in the Benedictine Worth Abbey in Sussex, England.

Volunteers Donate Time to Vindolanda Excavations

Volumteer archaeologists are welcome at Vindolanda, the Roman fort in Northumberland, England.

"Spamalot" nominated for fourteen Tony Awards

"Spamalot", Monty Python's new musical based on the cult classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, garnered fourteen nominations for Tony awards, including best musical.

Pennsic 34 Blood Drive: Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War

THLady Angelique d'Herisson is once again organizing the annual blood drive at the Pennsic War.

Welsh "Pleasure Palace" Closed to the Public

Welsh officials have closed the ruins of a medieval castle which had become a popular place for local teens to engage in "sex romps."

How to Manage Like Genghis Khan

If your boss says, "Pay no attention to me. I am just a peaceful pastoral nomad," then maybe you should worry! Here are five easy ways to spot if your boss is like Genghis Khan.

Convention Welcomes Time Travelers

On May 7, 2005, the East Campus Courtyard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be the scene of the first — and only — Time Traveler Convention. All time travelers are encouraged to make their appearances between 8:00 and 10:00 pm on that day.

145,000 Books Destroyed by Arson in India

A fire, started by protestors in the Central Library of Manipur, India, has destroyed nearly 145,000 volumes, including some of the district's most ancient texts.

Scots Fight to Save Culloden from "Space Invaders"

Developers are eyeing the land adjacent to Scotland's Culloden battlefield with dreams of housing projects which would, according to some, "destroy the sense of place."

Calontir Man is Scholastic All-Star

Kasey Moomau has been chosen for the Topeka Capital-Journal's All-Star Academic Team. Moomau, who scored 1510 on the SAT test, is an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Reenactor Fest Scheduled for February 2006

Mike Bollow has announced that Reenactor Fest, the first national convention for historical reenactors, will take place February 3-5, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

Reenactor Fest

I am thrilled to announce that Reenactor Fest, the first EVER national convention for historical reenactors and military history enthusiasts is OFFICIALLY ON! The date is February 3-5, 2006 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Park, IL.

Morgan Library Announces Digitized Manuscript Collection Online

Corsair, the online research resource for the Pierpont Morgan Library, makes available thousands of digital images from the library's medieval and Renaissance manuscript collection.

"Knights Next Door" Chronicles Life in the SCA

The Knights Next Door: Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams, a book by Patrick O'Donnell, looks at life in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Seattle Times: Armor Among Property Recovered by Police

In the area's largest ever stolen property case, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office raided an rural site and recovered over 700 items including tools, construction equipment, and armor.

Scottish Studies Scholarships Available

The Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival is looking for applicants for scholarships in Scottish Studies, especially in the fields of music, dancing or literature.

New web site highlights use of digital media for historical scholarship

It is often remarked that "we use a lot of computers to study the history of the Middle Ages!" The newly-inaugurated Digital Medievalist web site takes an academic approach to that fact, offering theoretical and practical articles about the use of computers and the Internet to further historical research.

Digital Medievalist

Digital Medievalist is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, online technical journal focused on the use of the Internet and other digital tools and media in the study of medieval history. Articles include theoretical concepts relevant to the field of medieval studies, specific technologies and information standards, commentary, tutorials, project reports, book and web site reviews, and original scholarly research papers.

Estrella War Box Set Offers 90 Hours of SCA Fun

For those who just can't get enough of SCA battles, Underachiever Films, the producers of the 45-minute-long documentary on Estrella XX, are offering an 11-disc box set including over 90 hours of battle footage.

Northshield Scholar Seeks Help with Alchemy Project

Lord Roibeard O'Connor of the Kingdom of Northshield is working on a scientific history project for his graduate degree and would like some help with alchemy processes and procedures.

Drachenwald OP now accepts armory GIFs

The Drachenwald online Order of Precedence (OP) can now accept registered armory and badge artwork for display in the OP.

Secret Life of...Pudding

The Food Network series "The Secret Life of..." will feature SCA member Dame Selene Colfox in a program on cooking puddings.

Books to be Removed from Bodleian Library

A renovation and modernization project at Oxford's Bodleian Library would see most of the 6 million books housed in the main building moved to other locations.

Parchment-Making Workshop in May

Jesse Meyer, an expert in parchment-making, will present a 2-day workshop on parchment techniques in May 2005.

Study Warns: Over-Hydration Can Kill

A study published in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine warns athletes and runners that vast amounts of water or sports drinks can be lethal.

Girl Scout Father-Daughter Dance features demo by Shire of Quintavia

The Shire of Quintavia, located in modern-day Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) and vicinity, offered a demo as part of the local Girl Scouts' Father-Daughter Dance night. Holly Fiore, reporting for the Westborough News, offers a detailed recounting of the evening's festivities.

Viking Re-enactors to Train in Missouri

The Norsa and the Vikings-na reenactors are sponsoring a training session in June that will be open to all, veterans and newcomers alike, to learn about Viking Age re-enactment.

IC Wales: Shopowner Blasts Teens with Medieval Music

A Welsh shopowner has found a novel way to deal with rowdy teenagers: he bombards them with medieval music.